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FSI Director Michael McFaul introduces President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at a live video address on May 27, 2022.

FSI Director Michael McFaul Honored by the Government of Ukraine with State Award

In a show of appreciation for his support of Ukraine, Michael McFaul was awarded an Order of Merit by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
President Ronald Reagan shakes hands with Mikhail Gorbachev.

Reflections on Mikhail Gorbachev's Life from FSI Scholars

Rose Gottemoeller, Steven Pifer, Francis Fukuyama, and Michael McFaul discuss the complex life and legacy of the last leader of the Soviet Union.
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Assessing China’s Conventional and Unconventional Challenges to U.S. National Security

Oriana Skylar Mastro offers guidance on how to identify and understand the various strategic threats presented by the still-rising superpower.

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Firewood becomes central to student research in Ethiopia

News / May 17, 2013
A Stanford student working on a project to bring together refugees and their host communities learns that firewood is often at the heart of rifts between the Ethiopians and the thousands of Sudanese seeking refuge in their back yards.
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FSE Fulbright scholar leads climate adaptation workshops in Colombia

News / May 17, 2013
Sharon Gourdji spent three months this winter down in Colombia at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as a Fulbright Scholar studying climate impacts on bean production in Central America and adaptation options. During her stay she led a series of Decision and Policy Analysis workshops focused on climate data sources and crop statistical models.
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Water and agriculture in a changing Africa: What might be done?

News / May 16, 2013
Join us for our final Global Food Policy and Food Security symposium Thursday, May 23. John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University will lead a lecture on water and agriculture in a changing Africa. FSE fellow Jennifer Burney will provide commentary.
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Leading the way in contemporary China research

News / May 16, 2013
Within a few short years of its founding, the Stanford China Program has established a reputation as one of the top research programs in the country focusing on contemporary China.
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Connecting Southeast Asia and Stanford University

News / May 16, 2013
Since its founding in 1999, SEAF has "brought Southeast Asia to Stanford, and Stanford to Southeast Asia" -- and it hopes to continue that mission in the years to come.
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EU’s Catherine Ashton asserts Europe’s responsibility for a robust foreign policy

News / May 15, 2013
The Europe Center was pleased to host Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission (HRVP), at Stanford University on May 7th. HRVP Ashton’s address to a capacity audience of Stanford senior scholars is part of the Europe Center’s program focused on European and EU regional and global relations.
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Working paper series on the quality of governance in China debuts

News / May 15, 2013
As part of its ongoing effort to better conceptualize and measure governance, the Governance Project housed at CDDRL held two workshops in Beijing and Sonoma in the fall of 2012. A collection of nine papers capturing the various dimensions of governance presented at the workshops were released in May to contribute to the body of scholarship on this subject.
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Innovative leaders bridging diversity in Sweden and the West

News / May 15, 2013
The Europe Center, through its Program on Sweden, Scandinavia, and the Baltic Region, has forged partnerships with those who bring visionary solutions to the challenge of diversity and reconciliation in our increasingly globalized world. “Harbor of Hope: a special evening celebrating Sweden’s diverse cultures” held on May 6th is the latest effort by the Europe Center to disseminate this new way of thinking. The participation of Sweden’s leading documentary filmmaker Magnus Gertten, and Sweden’s cultural entrepreneur Ozan Sunar, resulted in an unprecedented pairing and an evening of motivating insight for a large public audience.
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Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solution

Commentary / May 15, 2013
CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues in The Atlantic that there is no greater imperative for American interests in the Middle East- and no higher act of friendship that the U.S. can perform for Israel - than to help it find a way to a two-state solution before the option disappears.
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Jack Ma reflects at Stanford during final days as CEO; says 'people bet I’d be a loser'

News / May 14, 2013
Speaking without notes or visual aids on May 4th at Stanford University's NVIDIA Auditorium, founder and former CEO of Alibaba Group Jack Ma unspooled a farewell talk that at moments turned highly personal and deeply reflective.
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Visiting Fellows learn about Aruba Networks

News / May 13, 2013
On May 10, Corporate Affiliates Visiting Fellows had the opportunity to visit Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise.
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Park Geun-hye makes first official U.S. visit

News / May 9, 2013
South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited the United States this May for the first time since taking office in February. Stanford experts weigh in on the future of U.S.-Korea relations.
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How to Feed the World Without Deforesting the Planet

News / May 7, 2013
Does feeding the world require decimating forests? Senior Fellow Eric Lambin (Earth Sciences) has a surprising answer with far-reaching implications for policymakers, businesses and consumers. Among the findings of a study Lambin co-authored: There is much less potentially available cropland globally than previously estimated, multiple uses compete for it, and its conversion results in significant social and ecological costs. Lambin and his co-authors point out that we don't need to clear more land, including forests, to plant hunger-alleviating crops.
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SPRIE & Alibaba Group co-host Jack Ma’s final public talk as CEO

News / May 7, 2013
On May 4, 2013, the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Alibaba Group co-hosted CEO Jack Ma and CTO Dr. Wang Jian for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities within China’s internet industry.
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Jack Ma: Ideas and Technology Can Change the World

News / May 6, 2013
Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, shared the story of his entrepreneurial journey at an event co-hosted by Alibaba Group and the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University on May 4 2013.
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Discussant comments on “China’s Agricultural Development and Policies: Are There Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa?”

Commentary / May 3, 2013

China is indeed an intriguing potential role model for developing nations in quest of rapid economic growth and successful poverty reduction. It has not only sustained an average annual GDP growth rate of 10 percent between 1980 and 2011, it has also been extraordinarily successful at reducing poverty, taking more than 650 million people out of extreme poverty over the period. These are two extraordinary feats. It is, however, often said that China is a unique case, with few transposable lessons due to its exceptional size and past.

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Tracking North Korean nuclear sites with cloud computing

News / May 3, 2013
Analysts at CISAC, together with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, are playing a leading role in deriving new and timely information of global security relevance from a variety of open-source geospatial tools.
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Evaluating the impact and future of the International Criminal Court

News / May 2, 2013
In March, Congolese militia leader Bosco Ntaganda surrendered himself unexpectedly to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda asking for transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, where he was wanted for allegedly committing crimes against humanity. The apprehension of ICC indictees was one of the main challenges raised during the Program on Human Right's (PHR) Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Speaker Series last quarter.
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Stanford scholars: Lessons learned from the Afghanistan War

News / May 1, 2013
With the Taliban now open to peace talks, a political end to the war in Afghanistan appears in sight. A number of Stanford scholars have been closely involved with the war - as diplomats, soldiers, analysts and educators. In this video they discuss lessons learned from America's second-longest war and talk about what's next for Afghanistan.
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